Three fall festivals offer something for everyone this weekend Fun in Union Mills, Sykesville, Mt. Airy CARROLL COUNTY DIVERSIONS

October 01, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Arts and crafts, rides, food from all over the world, games, a Civil War re-enactment, a parade, contests and music are among the things residents can enjoy tomorrow and Sunday at three major fall festivals around the county.

The Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club will open its 10th annual Fall Fest at 6 a.m. tomorrow with an old-fashioned buckwheat pancake breakfast at the Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike. Breakfast will start at 7 a.m. Sunday and run to 10 a.m. both days, when lunch items will become available.

There's something for everybody -- a flea market and crafts, kids' rides, dancing by the Carroll County Cloggers and music from the Alesia Band, Lokato the Clown, mule rides (Sunday only), state police safety information (Saturday only) and the Pleasant Valley Fire Company kicking off Fire Prevention Week.

"We raffle off a live pig that Gerald Rickles donates -- people take a chance and someone goes home with a live pig," said John Hopkins, Fall Fest Committee chairman.

The Union Mills Homestead will be open for tours of the farm house and grist mill, for a small fee. The gift shop also will be open.

The biggest of the three local festivals is in Mount Airy, where Fall Festival Days takes place along Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Get your exercise tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Fun Run sponsored by the Mount Airy Elementary School PTA, then dress up your pet for the best-dressed pet contest at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m., Cristi's Restaurant once again sponsors its chili contest.

"We're having a cake-decorating demonstration at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and afterward we're going to auction the cake off," said Ben Gue, festival chairman.

Sunday's big event is the parade at 3 p.m., including a decorated bike contest. Grand marshal for the parade will be Oscar Baker, a longtime member of the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department.

Of course, there are the usual food vendors and arts and crafts vendors, many of them juried for the best selection of quality merchandise, Mr. Gue said.

Since parking will be limited downtown, visitors are urged to park on the carnival grounds on Twin Arch Road at Route 27 and catch the shuttle to downtown. Shuttles will run every five to 10 minutes.

The oldest of this weekend's fall festivals is on Main Street, Sykesville, and sponsored by the Sykesville Business Association. This one-day affair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, but packs in plenty to keep the family entertained and fed.

"The street is full," said Janet Hartwell, who organized this year's activities. "We've got food from around the world."

Entertainment will include music by the Whitewalls and Howard Burns Quartet, dancing by the Bull Run Cloggers, a karate demonstration and Civil War re-enactment.

The town's new Pullman train car will be open for display with model train exhibits, and don't forget the games, clowns and more than 70 vendors offering crafts, folk art, antiques and other goodies.

"We have done an awful lot of work, more than ever before, and we can promise everyone a good time," said Craig Taylor, Sykesville Business Association president.


Here is the activities schedule for Fall Festival Days in Mount Airy:


* 9 a.m.: PTA Fun Run, Cabellero Band

* 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Petting farm, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making ($5 for large, $2 for small), telescopes, rocks and minerals display

* 10 a.m.: Best-dressed pet contest, karate demonstration

* 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Hayrides

* 10:30 a.m.: Gymnastics demonstration

* 11 a.m.: South Carroll High School Cavaliers Marching Band performance

* Noon: Cabellero Band

* 1:30 p.m.: Cake-decorating demonstration and auction

* 2 p.m.: Cristi's chili contest

* 2:15 p.m.: Cabellero Band

* 3 p.m.: Senior center barn dancing

* 4 p.m.: Cabellero Band


* Noon: Sneaky Feelings band

* Noon-5 p.m.: Pumpkin painting, scarecrow making ($5 for large, $2 for small), telescopes, rocks and minerals display

* 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Hayrides

* 12:45 p.m.: First Fruits Gospel Group

* 1:15 p.m.: Ta Da Dance

* 2 p.m.: Sneaky Feelings band

* 3 p.m.: Parade and decorated bike contest

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